Stage 9 - September 3: Tarragona-Tarragona ITT, 37.6 km
The second individual time trial is 37.6 kilometres, located before the halfway mark in the Mediterranean town of Tarragona.The parcours is flat with a maximum altitude of 70m, suiting riders such as Abraham Olano, Serhiy Honchar and Jan Ullrich (of course). The GC should have been sorted a little by the hills leading up to this stage.
The climate of Tarragona is perfect for cycling, averaging 23-25 celsius all year round. The lanscape is a little Greek, with its carob trees, vineyards, almond trees and olives. There is not much rain and sunny days are the norm.
Start time: 12:50
1936 Salvador Cardona (Spa) 1941 Firmin Trueba (Spa) 1942 Delio Rodriguez (Spa) 1947 Delio (2) Rodriguez (Spa) 1950 Rik Evens (Bel) 1956 Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel) 1958 Rik Van Looy (Bel) 1963 Miguel Pacheco (Spa) 1970 Guido Reybrouck (Bel) 1972 Cees Koeken (Ned) Past winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin